Grand Soleil Nieulargo charging after the Strong Wind Axiom Private Client Race off Kinsale (Photo Gallery)

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Kinsale is the most southerly point on the Wild Atlantic Way and yesterday’s conditions outside this West Cork port lived up to expectations in race three of the Axiom Private Clients series of the Kinsale Yacht Club.

Rough seas and a force 4/5 easterly wind gave KYC Race Officers the opportunity to lay a weather mark near the Sovereign Islands, followed by a race around the existing marks in the Fore Harbor to reach the finish off Charles Fort.

It was a lackluster day that brightened up halfway through the race.

The course for the third race in Kinsale Yacht Club‘s Axiom Private Clients series

IRC fleet 0 and 1

J/122 Jelly Baby revels in strong windsThe Royal Cork J/122 Jelly Baby Photo: Bob Bateman

Third overall yacht last week, Royal Cork’s Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo (Annamarie & Denis Murphy) took the overall lead in the IRC Zero and One fleet. Reavra Too, a time leader, an Elan 333 skippered by Stephen Lysaght is now second with fellow Kinsale club mate Finbarr O’Regan in the J/109 ‘Artful DodJer’ now third in the seven-boat fleet.

IRC Fleet 2

Royal Cork Albin Express North Star skippered by Fiona YoungRoyal Cork Albin Express North Star skippered by Fiona Young Photo: Bob Bateman

Nothing stops the progress of the Royal Cork Albin Express North Star, skippered by Fiona Young, undisputed leader of the fleet of six IRC Two boats ahead of Conor Phelan’s Farr Quarter Tonner Anchor Challenge.

Conor Phelan's Farr Quarter Tonner Anchor ChallengeConor Phelan’s Farr Quarter Tonner Anchor Challenge Photo: Bob Bateman

Third is Dubois Quarter Tonner, Diamond of Kieran Kelleher/Colman Garvey.

White Sails 1 Echo Fleet

Taxa by James Matthews of KinsaleFiscala by James Matthews of Kinsale Photo: Bob Bateman

After three contested races, Batt and Helen O’Leary lead the fleet of six White Sails 1 Echo boats to Sweet Dreams, a Sun Odyssey 36 from James Matthews’ Fiscala. Mike MacCarthy’s Royal Cork Dehler 40, Jolastan is third.

Mike MacCarthy's Royal Cork Dehler 40, JolastanMike MacCarthy’s Royal Cork Dehler 40, Jolastan Photo: Bob Bateman

White Sails 2 echo fleet

Tofinou 8 Miss Charlie by Patrick BeckettTofinou 8 Miss Charlie by Patrick Beckett

Leading the fleet of seven boats is Sam Cohen’s First 32, Gunsmoke 2. Albert O’Neill’s Feeling 326 Sallybelle is second and Patrick Beckett’s Tofinou 8 Miss Charlie is now third.

See full results here

The final race of the series is next Saturday (not Sunday).

Kinsale Yacht Club Racing Photo Gallery by Bob Bateman

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